Special Willy Wonka Jr. Performance at the Dunn Center

Activate Drama presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., June 24 and 25, 2016. Source: Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center, Rocky Mount NC.
Activate Drama presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., June 24 and 25, 2016. Source: Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center, Rocky Mount NC.

Rocky Mount Area to Have a “Sweet” Experience with Activate Drama’s Production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.

Released by Stephen Moen

Activate Drama will present a scrumdidilyumptious weekend of performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. at Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center June 24 and 25, 2016.

The toe-tapping musical follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory –- or suffer the consequences.

Featuring music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald, the musical includes new songs as well as a few from the original film featuring Gene Wilder.

The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount NC.

Activate Drama, led by Faith Christian School drama director Danelle Cauley, includes children ranging from ages five to eighteen. The students work with twenty-one interns to learn the dialogue, lyrics, and dance for two weeks of high-energy rehearsals to prepare for the performances. Activate has also managed to bring in Rob Berls, an Associate Professor of Drama at UNC Asheville, to design and help with construction of the sets, adding to the professional level of the performances and experiences of the stars and interns.

Tickets for the performances are $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, or group pricing for ten or more starting at $7 per person. There is also a special deal, the “Golden Ticket,” which allows patrons to reserve seats for all three productions of Activate’s season. These tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. Box office hours are 8-10am and 4-6pm Monday through Friday.

For more information on the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts, call the office at 252.985.5197. The center is online at www.ncwc.edu/arts/dunncenter.

More information on Activate Drama activities may be found on their Facebook page.

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